½ Penny - Elizabeth II 1st portrait

½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  obverse½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer South Africa
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-1961)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1953-1960
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling = 1/480 Pound (1/480)
Currency Pound (1825-1961)
Composition Copper
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.6 mm
Thickness 1.76 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 03-31-1961
Number N# 9968
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 45,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Hern# S74-81
Brian Hern, John Bothma, Hercie Peterse; 2017. Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns 2017/18 (9th edition). Gary Levitan, Ferndale, South Africa.

Obverse

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to the right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II REGINA
M. G.

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

A ship, 'Dromedaris', sailing to right, legend in English and Afrikaans either side, with date above and denomination below

Lettering:
SOUTH AFRICA·1960·SUID-AFRIKA
KG
1/2D

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The Dromedaris is one of the three ships which brought Jan van Riebeeck and his small group of settlers to South Africa from Holland in 1652 in order to establish a refreshment station on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1953  5 572 463 $ 0.69 $ 0.70 $ 1.16 31% Hern#S74
1953  5 000 1.2% Hern#S74; Proof
1954  100 897 4% Hern#S75
1954  3 150 0.7% Hern#S75; Proof
1955  3 774 249 $ 0.58 $ 1.07 $ 3.44 28% Hern#S76
1955  2 850 1.5% Hern#S76; Proof
1956  1 304 574 $ 1.19 $ 0.26 12% Hern#S77
1956  1 700 0.7% Hern#S77; Proof
1957  2 025 085 $ 0.27 $ 1.42 19% Hern#S78
1957  1 130 0.2% Hern#S78; Proof
1958  2 170 585 $ 1.19 14% Hern#S79
1958  985 0.4% Hern#S79; Proof
1959  2 396 818 $ 1.14 $ 1.47 $ 2.48 21% Hern#S80
1959  950 0.3% Hern#S80; Proof
1960  2 551 794 $ 1.16 $ 0.98 $ 1.19 $ 2.33 35% Hern#S81
1960  3 360 1.3% Hern#S81; Proof

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